Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Three Stooges Review - 3.5 Stars

The Farrelly Brothers create a charming tribute to the slapstick comedy of the Three Stooges, aided in part by great performances from Chris Diamantopoulos as Mo, Will Sasso as Curley and Sean Hayes as Larry.  The plot begins with the boys thrown on the doorstep of an orphanage run by nuns including Jane Lynch, Jennifer Hudson and most appropriately Larry David (he’s a scream in a habit.)  Times get tough and the now grown boys, still living at the orphanage, go on a mission to raise $830,000 big ones to save the place.  They slap, boink, and poke their way into society and stumble on a plot to kill a long time friend, hatched by “Modern Family” comic Sofia Vergara (really the cast is superb.)   Divided into three episodes about the length of the original shorts, the new Stooges movie mixes puns and slapstick with downright charm.  The result comes out so silly and funny that either you walk out shaking your head or firmly in touch with your inner nine year old.  I liked being nine again.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Outrageous slapstick comedy.  Is it entertaining?  For the very immature.  Is it worth the price of admission?  If you’ve got it, spend it.